Maya has started collecting Pokemon. She has a little binder with her favorite cards in it. It’s quite cute. She says she wants to learn how to play the game. I ordered us a starter set so we could play together.
Of course those of you who know me know that this can’t end well for me. Anything that is remotely competitive and has a collection component to it sends me into a total tailspin.
Last night I was up late researching deck building techniques. So it begins.
I finally broken down and purchased a Wii U. Generally I’m not a huge fan of Nintendo consoles, the Wii in our house has pretty much been Maya’s console. I originally purchased it for Kristine in hopes that we could all three play games together as a family as that was the promise I felt was made based on the marketing from Nintendo at the time.
While we had some fun initially with Wii Sports, which could really be renamed Bowling + Tennis, ultimately the system found a permanent home in Maya’s room relegated to playing every single Kirby game known to man.
After that I swore that I was done with Nintendo hardware.
I flirted with the Playstation Move when it came out for the same reasons I purchased the Wii, to bring the family together. The same thing happened, we played the sports games a few times and then hung up the light bulb controllers for good.
We don’t own a 360 (too many red ringed consoles, a man has his limits) so dodging the Kinect was a fairly easy thing. I’m confident that the outcome would have been the same though.
Clearly insane, I’ve purchased this new console in the hopes that my dream scenario of Kristine, Maya and I having a blast around the family TV playing video games will finally come true. So far that hasn’t happened but I’m the most hopeful about this one meeting that family gaming machine goal. The primary reason is Nintendo Land.
Nintendo Land, while horribly named it’s probably the best pack-in game since the original Super Mario Bros. Packing 12 mini games, 6 of which are designed for more than 1 player, all of which are designed to be picked up and played in short stints, it’s poised to finally take the crown of ultimate family game in the Evans’ household. Honestly I’d pay $29 for Luigi’s Mansion all by itself.
My biggest complaint is with the design decision of the unit itself. It’s very clear that anchoring the gamepad to a TV was intentional and I’m just not sure why. Honestly I don’t see why we couldn’t have gotten most of this functionality out of an upgraded DS XL. It feels like one already.
It seems to me that there are technical solutions to all the arguments against not having a console at all but I could be wrong, I frequently am. Instead I have this sweet ass handheld that can’t get too far away from this dumb console attached to my TV.
There are quite a few things I could say about specific features (TVii, Nintendo Network and menu speed I’m looking at you) but I think I’ll save those for a later rant. For now Maya is happy as shit blowing stuff up in Pikmin and I can kick her off of the living room TV without her having to stop playing so I guess that’s worth the price of admission.
I’ve decided I’m going to force Maya to watch all of the Star Wars movies with me in story order. She’s not looking forward to this. In fact she’s almost viewing it as a punishment of sorts. I’ve let her slide on both the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings series but for some reason I’m holding fast on Star Wars.
It’s strange because the Star Wars movies are the least important to me. For some reason I feel like she needs to watch them though. It might be because I know she’s a scifi fan more than fantasy or maybe I’m just a maniac. I think I just don’t want her to be in a social situation some day and have someone mention Empire and have her say “haven’t seen it”.
That reminds me, Caddyshack should probably be next.
I saw Django Unchained with my buddy Josh and my other buddy Lawrence today. I really like Tarantino movies. I don’t think he gets enough credit as a filmmaker but Josh disagrees. I think. I’m glad I don’t listen to Spike Lee when it comes to what movies I should watch.
Before the movie I talked about another movie, Jack Reacher, with Josh for Hypothetical Podcast. I don’t know how it turned out because my voice is stupid but Josh said it was okay. I do podcasts now.
When friends ask me to do things I usually do them. I hope nobody asks me to do anything illegal.